Nevada Property Tax Cap Efforts Scrapped

Former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, R-Reno, has withdrawn her petition to amend the Nevada Constitution and limit property tax increases to 2 percent a year.

The anti-tax conservative pulled the petition on Thursday, just six days before a scheduled court hearing in Carson City at which the state AFL-CIO was prepared to challenge the petition's constitutionality.

Angle told Secretary of State Ross Miller that her "We The People Nevada" organization wouldn't circulate the Proposition 13-style petition in its present form. She said the political action committee may circulate another petition in the future.

Angle, who failed in 2004 and 2006 to collect enough signatures to put similar petitions on election ballots, would need to collect about 58,000 valid signatures by May 20 to place the latest plan on the November 2008 ballot.

Angle's petition is based on Proposition 13, the initiative California voters approved in 1978 that limits property tax increases to 2 percent a year.

Angle said she had to withdraw the petition because the word
"transferee" was mistakenly used on the petition instead of "transferor."

The AFL-CIO would have challenged the proposal because of that error, she said.

Matt Griffin, deputy secretary of state for elections, said Angle's petition had typographical errors, and she also didn't add phrasing indicating the petition would amend the constitution.

State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson said he was prepared to challenge any petition that Angle decides to circulate.

"The whole thing is misleading," Thompson said, adding that at first glance the petition appears to call for prohibiting state income taxes and inheritance taxes - and those taxes already are banned in Nevada.

But people looking at the petition might be persuaded to sign it because they think it bans those two other taxes, Thompson said.